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Mark "SlowBro" Hurd
City: Eugene
State: OR
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 28, 2019
Direction: Northbound

Daily Summary
Date: Fri, Feb 15th, 2019

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 123
Journal Visits: 3,097
Guestbook Views: 98
Guestbook Entrys: 9

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Nancy and Mark in Colorado

Valentines Day

Valentines day was this past week and I am reminded that 50 years ago I asked a young woman out on a date. We were in the collage choir together and I stood next to her and knew her name was Nancy. She had dark hair, a cute smile, and possessed an eternally cheerful disposition.

I happened to meet her one Saturday morning in front of the library. She was coming out and I was going in. She had just checked out a couple of novels to read over the weekend, because she "didn't have any other plans."
"So, you're not going to the dance tonight?" I asked. She said no, that she thought she would just read one of her novels. We bid each other farewell and I continued into the library and watched as she disappeared towards her dorm. When the coast was clear I left the library and ran over to the choir room where there was a roster of all the choir members. I knew her name was Nancy, but I didn't know her last name. She was a soprano so I quickly ran my finger down the list of names. Unfortunately there were two Nancys on the list under Sopranos. My heart sank. Well, I would just have to guess and hope I got the right one.

I went back to my dorm, got on the phone, and called the Nancy I had picked off the list. The phone rang and my heart was pounding and my palms were sweaty. This was either going to be an unmitigated disaster or it might turn out pretty well.

"Hi, Nancy?"
"This is Mark"
"I just talked to you in front of the Library."
"...Oh, hi Mark."

To my great relief it was the right Nancy! I mumbled out something about going to the dance with me and she said yes. We had an extraordinary time that evening and have been together ever since.

She makes it possible for me to do these long hikes. She sends out resupply boxes, check the weather, makes hotel reservations, etc. not that I can't do all these things myself, but having her help and support makes it so much easier. Plus, after my adventure it is nice to have someone to come home to.

So to my wife, Nancy, thanks for everything! I love you very much.

Until next week -Happy Trails

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